We celebrate a lot of holidays, but Mother’s Day is extra special. Moms spend their lives taking care of us, from before we are born, while we are children, and even after we are grown and some of us become parents ourselves. Mother’s Day is the one day we set aside to honor our mothers as well as all the other important women in our lives — grandmothers, sisters, aunts, wives, and daughters.
For many of us, it’s because of our mothers that we associate food with love. There’s the soup she made when we were sick, the ice cream she scooped when we were sad, and the homemade dinners that made the house smell so good. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to turn the tables and make a delicious spread for Mom.
Whether you’re planning a surprise breakfast in bed, a relaxing brunch, or a special dinner, we have the recipes to help. Check out these Gorgeous Vegan Dishes to Impress Mom on Mother’s Day and Show Mom Some Love With These Plant-Based Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes. When you want to serve a dish as beautiful as she is, show Mom how much you care with these 20 special recipes for Mother’s Day.
1. Cheesy Potato Asparagus Blossoms
Sure, you can get Mom flowers but you can also impress her with these adorable Cheesy Potato Asparagus Blossoms by Larice Feuerstein. These little potato tulips are like a single serving potato au gratin casserole in an edible cup. The garnish of asparagus really gives them that springtime flair and no one will be able to resist the creamy, zesty cheese sauce.
2. Cherry Tomato and Pesto Tart
This savory Cherry Tomato and Pesto Tart by Lenia Patsi is perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch. It has big flavor in every bite. It starts with a rustic whole wheat and oat crust seasoned with fresh rosemary. It’s topped with a fresh parsley and walnut pesto, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes that get juicy when roasted. Lovely and colorful, this tart should be the centerpiece of your brunch table.
3. Spring Roasted Carrot Pasta
Amy Lyons‘ Spring Roasted Carrot Pasta dish is light and seasonal. Since it uses edamame-based spaghetti as opposed to one made with grains, this pasta won’t make you feel weighed down. Lemon juice gives this dish a bright flavor and pumpkin seeds are added for a crunch. So simple, yet so good!
4. Tofu Huevos Rancheros
Perfect for breakfast or brunch, Kristen Genton‘s Tofu Huevos Rancheros will make the day special. Tofu cooked with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and lots of bold spices, stands in for the eggs. The homemade salsa is the perfect accompaniment with fresh cilantro and spicy jalapeno. Serve with refried beans and avocado for a delicious start to the day.
5. Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Your spread needs an appetizer that will stand out from the rest, like Caroline Ginolfi‘s Buffalo Cauliflower Bites. These bite-sized cauliflower florets are tossed in a hot and tangy buffalo sauce in this delicious and easy recipe. This dish is guaranteed to ignite taste buds, so serve it with vegan ranch dressing and a tall glass of almond milk!
6. Seared Mushroom Scallops With Mint Pea Purée
Sheil Shukla‘s Seared Mushroom Scallops With Mint Pea Purée are so beautiful and look like they came off a five-star restaurant menu. While these scallops may look like conventional sea scallops, they’re actually made from mushrooms. Sitting these umami bites atop a bed of green pea puree elevates them to a level special enough for Mom.
7. Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Cakes With Caramel Sauce
These delectable Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Cakes With Caramel Sauce by Melissa Huggins are made up of three layers. The bottom layer is a date-sweetened almond crust, the middle layer is creamy vanilla ice cream, and the top layer has a rich dark chocolate shell. A drizzle of homemade caramel sauce takes this cake over the edge.
8. Za’atar Grilled Eggplant Salad
This fresh, summery Za’atar Grilled Eggplant Salad by Jodi Kay combines soft grilled eggplant and lots of fresh herbs. The homemade Za’atar spice blend brings an exotic flavor to the dish. Serve with a big squeeze of lemon for a refreshing kick.
9. Kidney Bean and Pumpkin Seed Sliders
Even if you’re planning a casual cookout for Mother’s Day, the food can still be as beautiful as she is. These Kidney Bean and Pumpkin Seed Sliders by Evi Oravecz are fun and easy enough for any day but with the colorful garnishes of carrots, red onions, and edible flowers, they become a lovely bouquet of burgers.
10. Tofu Satay
This grilled Tofu Satay by Sheil Shukla is a fresh and creative dish to include in your Mother’s Day spread. Sliced tofu is marinated in a spicy curry sauce and then grilled until it’s a little crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Serve with fresh or pickled veggies and Thai curry on the side.
11. Raw Vanilla Lingonberry Cheesecake
This raw, gluten-free Raw Vanilla Lingonberry Cheesecake by Ella Suihko is a delicious and beautiful Mother’s Day gift. This cake is the perfect combination of dreamy, white coconut cream layers topped with a sweet, pink lingonberry layer. The base is made from sunflower seeds, desiccated coconut, and dates, making it also completely nut-free. The balance of flavors creates a heavenly delicious, melt-in-your-mouth experience in the form of a beautiful layer cake.
12. Pear Galette With Rooibos Glaze
Your Mom will think you stayed up all night to make Anett Velsberg‘s Pear Galette With Rooibos Glaze for her. Sliced caramelized pears are layered in a golden flaky crust and topped with a syrupy rooibos glaze. Garnish with confectioner’s sugar and vegan whipped cream just before serving.
13. Tofu Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells
Italians know all about love, food, and wonderful mothers. It all comes together in Rana Yassine‘s Tofu Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells. Delicious and indulgent, the tofu ricotta is creamy and salty while the fresh marinara sauce adds a bold, savory flavor. These shells will have you singing Mama Mia in no time.
14. Spring Pea Toasts With Radish and Lavender
These Spring Pea Toasts With Radish and Lavender by Alison Marras are perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch or an appetizer prior to dinner. Crispy toasted bread is topped with a creamy pea spread with thinly sliced radishes and a touch of lavender. Elegant, easy, and delicious.
15. Parmesan Roasted Potato Salad
You might think potato salad is too ho-hum for a special Mother’s Day feast, but this Parmesan Roasted Potato Salad by Stephanie McKinnie takes the classic dish to a much higher level of sophistication. The colorful vegetables create a culinary masterpiece and the Brazil nut parmesan is the perfect topping.
16. Raw Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake
Celebrate Mom with this gorgeous Raw Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake by Jana Kastner. A no-bake crust made from dates and almonds is topped with a creamy, tart lemon cheesecake filling, followed by a layer of raspberry cheesecake. As a bonus, both layers of this cheesecake are made vibrant through the use of natural food coloring. Mom will love this cake, but she’ll probably be too blown away by its beauty to tell you so right away.
17. Deconstructed Sushi Bowl
Sushi is delicious, but it can take a long time to make the rolls. That problem is solved with this Deconstructed Sushi Bowl by Caroline Ginolfi. Here, you get all the flavors you would find in sushi, deconstructed in one bowl. It starts with a bed of sticky sushi rice, followed by avocado, and then fresh vegetables that are drizzled in a sweet umami sauce. A sprinkle of black sesame seeds for garnish adds just a touch more flavor and creates a lovely presentation that’s perfect for Mother’s Day.
18. Mini Fruit Tarts With Cream Cheese Frosting
How adorable are these Mini Fruit Tarts With Cream Cheese Frosting by Rachel Hanawalt? The traditional dessert is made dairy-free and healthier with a crust sweetened with dates, agave-sweetened cream cheese frosting, and fresh fruit without the sugary glaze. Who needs all that extra sugar anyway? Mom is sweet enough.
19. Hemp and Pistachio Crusted Cauliflower Steaks
Make Mom a steak dinner – cauliflower steak, that is. These Hemp and Pistachio Crusted Cauliflower Steaks by Alison Marras have a crunchy gluten-free “breading” and a bright lemony flavor. Serve these with Mom’s favorite sides for a special “steakhouse” dinner at home.
20. Sourdough Spelt Waffles
Make Mom breakfast in bed or put out a special brunch with these Sourdough Spelt Waffles by Kimberly Espinel. These waffles are light, fluffy, and have that distinct touch of sourness that makes them unique and delicious. Top then with cream, maple syrup, and some pretty nuts and dried fruit for a special presentation.
Whether you’re celebrating with your mother, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, wives, or daughters, these recipes are the perfect way to show the special women in your life just how much they mean to you. Happy Mother’s Day!
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